Use of Narrative Concepts in Electronic Health Records to Validate Associations Between Genetic Factors and Response to Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 Jul;18(8):1890-1892. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2019.08.005. Epub 2019 Aug 9.


Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are heterogeneous. With availability of therapeutic classes with distinct immunologic mechanisms of action, it has become imperative to identify markers that predict likelihood of response to each drug class. However, robust development of such tools has been challenging because of need for large prospective cohorts with systematic and careful assessment of treatment response using validated indices. Most hospitals in the United States use electronic health records (EHRs) that warehouse a large amount of narrative (free-text) and codified (administrative) data generated during routine clinical care. These data have been used to construct virtual disease cohorts for epidemiologic research as well as for defining genetic basis of disease states or discrete laboratory values.1-3 Whether EHR-based data can be used to validate genetic associations for more nuanced outcomes such as treatment response has not been examined previously.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Colitis, Ulcerative*
  • Crohn Disease*
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases* / drug therapy
  • Prospective Studies
  • United States